iOS 7 subsidy unlock without restore?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by VTECaddict, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. VTECaddict macrumors 6502

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    My contract just ended so I requested for my 4S to be unlocked from AT&T, which was just approved.

    Normally when you put in the wrong SIM in a locked iPhone it says "Invalid SIM", and in order for the unlock to take place you have to erase and restore the phone.

    I popped in a T-Mobile SIM without restoring first just to see what would happen. It said "Searching..." in the upper left for a bit, then it showed the Apple boot screen and restarted. After that it showed "T-Mobile 4G".

    Maybe with iOS 7 they let the phone get unlocked without restoring first? If so that's great since the whole erasing and restoring was a major pain in the butt, especially for people who are just switching carriers and not giving/selling the phone.

    Anyone else confirm? I don't think this was mentioned anywhere.
     
  2. Zcott macrumors 68020

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    When I previously unlocked a phone I didn't have to restore it. Where did you get that from?
     
  3. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    Restoring to attach an IMEI unlock has not been necessary for some time.
     
  4. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    It was some bizarre requirement when AT&T started offering official unlocks for their iPhones.

    In other countries, it wasn't ever needed.
     
  5. benguild macrumors 6502a

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    I usually just put a foreign SIM card in and it prompts + activates the unlocked status over Wi-Fi.
     

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